February – Oak

Published on February 1, 2020 under Garden
February - Oak Latin name: Quercus spp.  - Fagaceae Common name: Oak Usage:  The wood of the oak genus, or Quercus, has long been utilized for its strength and durability, from ship framing to tanning…
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January – Citrus

Published on December 23, 2019 under Garden
January - Citrus Latin name: Citrus spp. - Rutaceae Common name: Citrus, oranges, lemon, lime, pomelo, grapefruit, mandarins, etc etc Usage:  Many of the common citrus fruits we know and love are not only delicious…
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December – Prickly Pear Cactus

Published on November 25, 2019 under Garden
December -Prickly Pear Cactus Latin name:  Opuntia spp. - Cactaceae Common name: Prickly pear, nopales,tuna, Indian fig, many different names by many cultures of people across the regions in which it grows Usage: The usage…
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November – Bee Balm

Published on October 26, 2019 under Garden
November - Bee Balm Sydenham Teak Edwards (1768-1819) [Public domain] Latin name:  Monarda punctata (other species commonly utilized - M.fistulosa, M. didyma, M.citriodora ) - Lamiaceae Common name: Bee balm, horsemint, spotted bee balm, dotted…
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October – Ashwagandha

Published on September 25, 2019 under Garden
October - Ashwagandha By Salicyna - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Latin name: Withania somnifera - Solanaceae Common name: Ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, winter cherries,asgandh Usage: Here in the Western world, ashwagandha root has recently…
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September – Sida

Published on August 16, 2019 under Garden
September - Sida Sida rhombifoliaLatin name: Sida rhombifolia, Sida ulmifolia, Sida acuta, Sida cordifolia  - Malvaceae(* A note on S.acuta vs. S.ulmifolia - “ Although S. acuta has often been applied to Florida material, Krapovickas (2003) restricted the use of S. acuta to plants with…
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August – Spiderwort

Published on July 15, 2019 under Garden
August - Spiderwort Latin name:  Tradescantia ohiensis - Commelinaceae Common name: Spiderwort, bluejacket, Ohio spiderwort, day flower Usage:  Tradescantia ohiensis, or spiderwort, is a Florida native edible and medicinal plant that is tolerant of the…
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July Plant of the Month – Cayenne

Published on June 28, 2019 under Garden
July: Cayenne Latin name: Capsicum annuum, Capsicum frutescens  - Solanaceae Common name: Cayenne, chili pepper, chile Usage: The powdered fruit of Capsicum annuum is a familiar culinary spice found in most grocery stores and many…
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June Plant of the Month – Tulsi

Published on May 28, 2019 under Garden
June: Tulsi Latin name: Ocimum gratissimum - Lamiaceae, (Other variety - Ocimum sanctum syn. Ocimum tenuiflorum ) Common name: Tulsi, holy basil, sacred basil,Vana tulsi (O. gratissimum) Krishna tulsi (O.sanctum) Rama tulsi (O. sanctum), African…
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May Plant of the Month – Bidens

Published on May 1, 2019 under Garden
BidensLatin name: Bidens alba - AsteraceaeCommon name: Spanish needle, beggarticks, shepherd’s needle, butterfly needle, pitchfork weed, ottrancedi, xian feng cao, gui zhen cao Photo by Audra Locicero Usage: There are approximately 250 species within the genus Bidens, all occurring within…
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